TLN’s Game Report: Lakers @ Bucks

kobebucksThe (19-4) Western Conference leading Lakers are in Milwaukee to face the (11-11) Bucks in the third game of a five game road trip. It was the Lakers 12th win in 13 games and allowed the team to improve to a 4-2 record on the road.

Los Angeles began a new streak by beating the Bulls as Kobe Bryant had yet another career defining moment. Not affected by a broken finger, he was on fire dropping a season-high 42 points on the Bulls. His 101st 40-point game and 1st in the house that Michael Jordan built, setting the tone early on 8-12 shooting and posting 20 points in the 1st quarter.

Kobe is averaging 28.4 points per game, but he has put up and average of 29.7 points in his last nine games against the Bucks. Bryant scored 30 points leading the Lakers to victory in their last appearance in Wisconsin. However, the Lakers have lost the previous two times playing at the Bradley Center.

The Bucks led by the #10 overall June Draft pick and budding star point guard Brandon Jennings played with a knee brace got a huge 108-101 double-overtime win over Portland on Saturday. Brandon Jennings posted a double-double scoring 18 points and handing out 11 assists in that game. He has also posted a 55-point game this season.

Milwaukee is a good young team that is 9-3 at home and on a two game winning streak.

The Bucks compete and play hard team on a nightly basis. Jennings is the Bucks team leader in points (21.1) and assists (6.0). Although seven Bucks have double-digit scoring averages, Andrew Bogut (15.9), Luke Ridnour (11.8), Ersan Ilyasova (11.8), Hakim Warrick (11.0), Michael Redd & Carlos Delfino (10.0).

The Lakers possess a dominating front line, although the Bucks Center Andrew Bogut & Power Forward Ersan Ilyasova have made some noise and are averaging a combined 37 points & 18.6 rebounds.

The Lakers need to take care of the ball because the Bucks defense is forcing an average of 16.9 opponent miscues per tilt, which is third in the league. The Bucks are turning that in 18.3 points off of turnovers per game, which ranks third in the NBA.

The Lakers need to continue to establish Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol in the low-post. Los Angeles needs to start their offense by going inside, allow the big men to re-post and get several touches attacking in the painted area and avoid shooting so many 3-pointers. It is imperative that the Lakers get back in transition on defense, win the rebounding battle, stop the dribble penetration and rotate out to three point shooters.

Gasol has been phenomenal on the boards, but Bynum needs to join the party and become more of a factor on the boards. The reserves; Lamar Odom, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar came through down the stretch. Los Angeles needs the reserves to continue to gain a rhythm when called upon and make an impact on the game.

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL-TV9 (Joel Myers & “Hot” Rod Hundley)
  • Milwaukee: FS Wisconsin (Jim Paschke & John McGlocklin)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Milwaukee: WTMJ AM 620 (Ted Davis & Dennis Krause)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back)
  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture of Right Index Finger)
  • D.J. Mbenga (Sprained Ankle)

Bucks:

* Michael Redd (Knee)
* Luke Ridnour (Elbow) * Both Redd & Ridnour played on Dec 13th*
* Joe Alexander (Strained Hamstring)

Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • Lakers 24 7

    I ain’t gonna lie, the Bucks got a low key squad.

    • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

      My dick is big though

      • Kid Kaos 310

        Aaron2416377: You must suffer from “Small Man Complex”

        • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

          ok, your just a kid with kaos

  • drive-for-16th

    we are losing at half right now because we have no fucking defense. Fisher can’t keep up with Jennings. And the bench doesn’t give us shit, we are suckin in every part of the game right now, we are playing with no energy at all, just lazy everything, back to back is no excuse.

  • drive-for-16th

    kobes forcing passes, andrews game has bin gone for the last couple of games now averaging like 5 rebounds.

  • drive-for-16th

    they have to come in the 2nd half and attack and play hard, they haven’t bin playing hard enough EVERYGAME.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    once again how old is fisher 50..60??looks like no defense for BRYANT AGAIN…BUT HE SURES LOVES TO JACK-UP SHOTS….GASOFT IS THE ANDSWER THE MVP…….

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    FINAL SHOT…….A BRICK…..NICE MAMBA…..

  • serkris

    kobe does it again. hahahaha

  • jOSH IN DA 310

    kobe DID IT AGAIN! BLACK MAMBA DEADLY

  • jOSH IN DA 310

    LAFFS ATU WHY DONT YOU STFU! SHUT THE FUC.K UP! IN YO FAT FUC.K FACE! MAAAAAAAAMBA

  • bruno

    kobe does it again!!!! haha

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    yes kobe!

  • kobe2k10

    goddamn kobe is the best clutch player in the nba all time history >.<

  • jOSH IN DA 310

    JORDAN WHO? 23 WHAT? #24 ONE ABOVE JORDAN

  • kevin 0

    kobe is the shyt

  • BE_A_LakerFan

    Kobe.

    That is all.

  • Drive-for-16th

    Yeeeeeeaaahhhhhhhhhhh!! Fuk the haters, mamba is the best. Mvpmvpmvpmvpmvp!!! Lebron can suck my balls!!!!!

    • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

      Fuck Lebron, I want to suck it. Plz “extra mayo” , for me?

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